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The ‘growing’ line of children’s clothes wins prestigious award

08 September 2017

A children’s clothing line that allows the clothes to ‘grow’ with the child using an innovative folding technique has won this year's James Dyson Award.

Image courtesy of Petit Pli

Petit Pli is a children’s clothing line designed by Ryan Mario Yasin, who recently graduated from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. He used his knowledge as an aeronautical engineer to find a solution that will reduce the waste of the fashion industry. As part of his master’s degree, he worked with deployable structures for small satellites where carbon fibre panels were designed to be packed in a 2mm space before automatically deploying and maintaining their position in space, this involved a lot of research in folding techniques which eventually inspired Petit Pli.  

The clothes feature a pleat system that allows them to ‘grow’ with the child. The fabric is folded in such a way that it unfolds long and wide when pulled. In engineering, this property is known as a Poisson negative coefficient. In contrast, conventional fabrics thin in one direction when drawn in another. Thanks to this technology, a single garment can be used from four months to three years, covering an equivalent of seven sizes. 

The concept of the clothes is based on a blend of synthetic fibres and they are waterproof and windproof and not restrictive. They can even be machine washed, with cold water.

Petit Pli’s technology is patent pending and hopes to be on the market soon. 

The James Dyson Award searches for a design that solves a problem. Read more here about the national winners and runners up of the James Dyson Award.

Video courtesy of Petit Pli

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